Georgia hangs on to beat High Point

Mark Fox’s team took a page out of the UGA football playbook tonight in Athens, proving that games can in fact be won with little to no offense.

The Dawgs (2-1) surged to a 33-22 halftime lead, riding a 14-5 run into the locker room.

However, Georgia forgot to bring its offense back out for the final twenty minutes.  The Dawgs went for nearly 15 minutes without a field goal during the second half before Kenny Gaines knocked down a jumper with 2:35 remaining.  The damage was done, though, as the UGA drought allowed High Point to erase Georgia’s double-digit lead.

High Point had a shot at tying the game on the final possession, but neither of Anthony Lindauer’s three-point attempts went in, giving UGA the 49-46 home win.

J.J. Frazier and Charles Mann, who both played otherwise underwhelming games tonight, both made key baskets for the Dawgs in the final minute of this contest.  Frazier hit an off-balanced jumper as the shot clock was winding down to put his team up by three with just 28 seconds remaining, and Mann knocked down a pair of free throws that again gave Georgia a three-point advantage with only 11 ticks left on the clock.

Mann was just 2 for 7 from the floor, but he shot a perfect 8 for 8 from the stripe as he led all UGA scorers with 13 points.

Frazier followed up his 1 for 11 shooting performance against Murray State with a 3 for 10 effort this evening, although he did manage 8 rebounds to go along with his 10 points.

The most curious aspect of the Dawgs’s offensive strategy in this contest was the limited number of shots that Kenny Gaines was afforded.  After scoring a career-high 35 points last Friday against the Racers, Gaines took just 8 shots against High Point; he did make 4 of those attempts en route to 12 points.

Coach Fox’s team shot under 30% from the floor as a team for the second straight game, but luckily they held the Panthers under 30% as well.  The Dawgs defended John Brown very well, limiting him to just 11 points, which is 9 below his season average.

Though it wasn’t the prettiest 40 minutes of basketball ever played inside Stegeman Coliseum, the bottom line is that Georgia found a way to win against a solid mid-major opponent.  The Dawgs have a tough road test looming this Saturday when they travel north for a date with Seton Hall, and that game would have had much more a desperate feel had UGA been upended at home this evening.

 

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4 thoughts on “Georgia hangs on to beat High Point

  1. Your opening sentence hit the nail on the head Hoop. In fact, at the final horn, I thought that this was the least satisfying Dawg win that I can remember since that 9-6 football thing with Mizzou last month (or perhaps the game last Saturday in Sanford). My take on this game was its illustration of just how bad our front court is at this point in time. Plus, it took the TV commentators a very long time to point out the obvious to this viewer: We SUCK on the offensive boards. When he was in the game, Maten was often the only person to go anywhere near the boards when we jack up outside shots. The other guys were often leaning back down court whenever someone shot (particularly in that disasterous second half). Simply stated, we didn’t bother to contest our own missed shots and that will kill us later on if it continues. It may help a bit if we get Parker back and healthy and if Wilridge comes on strong. But it is pretty obvious that Kessler and Geno are not going to get it done on the offensive glass (although Geno does contribute in ways that don’t show in the box scores), And please Ogbeide, get well soon!

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  2. I really, really liked what I saw from Wilridge. He moved with a purpose that the other freshmen weren’t up to yet, and got some wide open looks for himself and others. The sooner these young frontcourt players send Kessler to the bench, the better. I didn’t see much positive from Geno, but he’ll have his moments I’m sure. A win!

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  3. As the game went, everything written so far was pretty obvious! Obviously we will run a good bit of 3 guard on offense. This limits the ability to own the O-Boards! But where others see short comings I see opportunities! Ogbeide should help here when he gets back. Free throws have looked better at both games since the opener! This is just another detail that will have to be taken care of! Our 3 guards, should enable us to score often and in bunches once they get going! It’s the defense that worries me when a team like HP can pretty much score at will, as they did down the stretch as we missed maybe 12 shots in a row! Each player will have a role and each player must excel at that role if we are going to make a go of it in the SEC this year! K-State game will tell us a lot when they come to town!

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    1. I wasn’t talking about owning the offensive boards (hard to do with a 3-guard offense and as inexperienced as we are up front). I’d just like to get an O-board or put-back every now and then.

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